Regulation ReferenceProgram TermCertification ProcessEligibility RequirementsBenefits
8(a)

13 CFR 124
9 yearsElectronic application and supporting documents via certify.sba.gov- Must be a small business

- Must be unconditionally owned and controlled by one or more socially and economically disadvantaged individuals who are of good character and citizens of the U.S.

- Must demonstrate potential for success

- Initially, the individual's net worth, after excluding the individual's equity in the firm and the equity in the primary residence, may not exceed $850,000. SBA will also consider the individual's adjusted gross income over last 3 years <$400,000, fair market value of all assets <$6,5 million, access to credit and capital, and the financial condition of the applicant firm in evaluating economic disadvantage.
- Sole-source and competitive contracting opportunities
- Mentor Protégé / Joint Ventures
HUBZone

13 CFR 126
No program timeline
- Continued program compliance
Formal electronic application via General Login System- Must be a small business

- Principal office must be located in HUBZone

- Must be owned and controlled by one or more U.S. citizens

- 35% of employees must reside in HUBZone
- Restricted bidding opportunities (competitive, sole-source)
- 10% price evaluation preference on full and open contracts
- Mentor Protégé / Joint Ventures 
Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB)

13 CFR 127
No program timeline
- Continued program compliance
Formal certification by SBA via beta.certify.sba.gov- At least 51% directly owned and controlled by one or more women that are US citizens

- Must qualify as a small business for primary industry NAICS

- Woman must highest officer position and manage firm on full-time basis and make long-term decisions

-EDWOSB eligibility: personal net worth <$850,000, adjusted gross income over last 3 years <$400,000 and fair market value of all assets <$6.5 million
- Sole-source and competitive contracting opportunities

- Mentor Protégé / Joint Ventures
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